FC United of Manchester FC United of Manchester FC United of Manchester Pitch In

FC United of Manchester Smaller Text Larger Text

Reds maintain unbeaten league run with victory over Bamber Bridge

FC United made it six league games without defeat as the beat Bamber Bridge 1-0 at Broadhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

The single goal victory was the Reds second in five days; after winning at Warrington by the same score line on Tuesday, moving the Reds into the top half of the table and meaning that they had not tasted defeat in the league for the whole month of September.

The game itself was a close one, with the visiting team probably unlucky to not come away with anything. But a second half strike from Tunde Owolabi was the difference between the two teams and meant that FC go into Tuesday’s home game against table topping South Shields on the back of two successive 1-0 victories in hard fought games.

It’s safe to say that the first half was “one for the purists” as neither team really got on top in the game and it had the feeling of one of those games where both teams felt very flat. The visitors had the best chance to go in front, but a goal line clearance from captain Michael Potts meant that it was level at the break.

In the second half the visiting defence looked like they were getting tired and with every FC attack you felt there was something just around the corner. Alex Babos took control of the game, dropping into the space between midfield and the forward line, and there was some fantastic pass and move football as the Reds looked to create chances.

The breakthrough came just ten minutes into the second half, as Owolabi took the ball on the left flank, ran right at a discombobulated looking defender, before moving the ball onto his right foot and powered the ball home to give the men in red the breakthrough.

FC had great opportunities to double their lead, and despite some good build up play they seemed a bit apprehensive to pull the trigger in the box.

There’s not many times you come away from a game and genuinely feel the opposition should have taken something from it, but today that was the case. As the game wore on, the visitors came forward more and more, missing a great opportunity from a one on one and being stopped by Paddy Wharton’s reactions and the frame of his goal on several occasions.

But as the old cliché goes, luck evens itself out over the season and there has been more than one occasion this season where the Reds have deserved more from a game. So to come away with three points from a close game is a great sign for Reynolds Reds as the season moves on.

FC welcome table topping South Shields to Broadhurst Park on Tuesday night (2-1 winners at Buxton today), in a meeting of two teams who are on a great run of form.

Website man of the match: Alex Babos – Looked comfortable and in control on the ball. Made the difference early in the second half and did so by making the game look effortlessly easy.

Report by Craig Phillips

First Posted ~ 17:53 Sun 29 Sep 2019
News ID ~ 8504
Last Updated ~ 23:45 Thu 4 Feb 2021